Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Researchers at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University recently published a study detailing a potential new dementia test involving facial recognition.
The researchers showed black-and-white photos of 20 famous people to two groups of people ages 40-65, one group with early-onset dementia and the other with normal cognitive function. The participants were awarded points for every face recognized, every face correctly named, and for at least two additional details about the famous figure. Those with early-onset dementia recognized 72% of faces and could only name 46%. Those without dementia recognized 97% and could name 93% of the celebrities.
Some of the famous people used in this test include John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Albert Einstein.
See Melanie Haiken, Quick, Name This Face! If You Can’t, You Might Be at Risk for Dementia, Study Shows, Forbes, Aug. 14, 2013.